Easter Sunday is the pinnacle of Christian observances. When our Christian community celebrates the Lord’s resurrection, we are recognizing God’s supreme act of love.
We may vary in our expressions and order of worship, but our like-faith in Christ’s atoning grace ought to be our unifying strength. Receiving Christ as Lord assures us of everlasting life with God, as well as each other.
Old Testament believers were given laws to live by and, when those laws were broken, animal sacrifices were made to cover their sin. The law showed mankind the difference between sin and God’s righteousness. By observing the law, man gave his allegiance to God, recognizing Him as the source for forgiveness.
New Testament believers have God’s laws written in their minds and in their hearts. Hebrews 10:16 says, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.”
We no longer need a blood sacrifice when we sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection offered the ultimate sacrifice for all sin, for all time—once for all, Romans 6:10 tells us.
In light of these truths, we might give some thought to being more tolerant of denominational differences. When a church preaches Christ crucified and his atoning grace for sin, aren’t they obeying God’s plan?
We may worship differently, sound different and even act differently but, when the Word is the overriding authority in the church, the name on the front of the building should be secondary. It wouldn’t hurt us to relax about our differences and let God’s example of love flow through us.
In the 13th verse of I Corinthians, it reads, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
If this Easter, all churches honored the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords as one body, just imagine what a powerful and pleasing sight that would be to God.
For some, however, the truth has never been clear, and the question of eternity still nags. John 3:16 offers these words of clarity and encouragement. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Romans 10:13 says: “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
There’s only one question that remains — have you made that call?